Some of the common causes behind CKDs are diabetes, blood pressure and high cholesterol level,' Sandeep Mahajan, associate professor, department of nephrology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), told IANS.
'Nearly 40 percent of diabetics can be affected by CKDs,' he
Nearly 150,000 new cases of ESRD or kidney failure come up annually in the country, the majority of whom die due to shortage of dialysis units, according to doctors. 'The average age for CKD affecting a diabetic is 40 years, almost 10 to 15 years after diabetes,' explained Mahajan
believes the disease is no more an urban phenomena, as there are patients from rural areas reporting CKD. 'Smoking, obesity, high blood pressure are not present just among urban population.
We have been seeing patients from rural areas at AIIMS
After ESRD, the patient is left with two options - dialysis or kidney transplantation. 'Transplantation can be ideal only when you are a donor who is a blood relative, a spouse or their child who is willing to donate a kidney, or it has to be an authorised donor, and they need to be tested for blood type and other matching factors that determine whether your body will accept the available kidney,' Mahajan
The other method doctors vouch for is dialysis. 'One can either go for peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis.
While the former offers dialysis treatment at home, the latter takes place at the hospital.
It is better to consult a doctor before going for one particular method,' advises Mahajan